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Ortovox S1+ Avalanche Transceiver Review

Ortovox S1+ Avalanche Transceiver

The Ortovox S1+ is the successor to the Ortovox S1. This page explains the differences between the S1 and the S1+. Read the Ortovox S1 review to learn about the core features in both avalanche transceivers.

IMPORTANT NOTE: All Ortovox S1+ beacons have been voluntarily recalled. If you own an S1+, you should stop using it immediately. Learn more here.

Enhancements to the Ortovox S1+:

  • The S1+ includes the "smart antenna" technology that was first introduced in the Ortovox 3+. This can improve the ability of other transceivers to locate the S1+. The addition of the smart antenna resulted in a slightly longer "y-axis" antenna which should, theoretically, allow for a slightly wider search strip width than the basic S1.
  • The number of batteries was reduced from 3 to 2. Ortovox tells me that the removal of the battery resulted in a longer reception range (due to reduced interference).
  • The device has a rubberized coating that makes it easier to hold with gloves.
  • The S1+ uses an accelerometer, rather than a compass, to sense subtle changes in direction while searching.
  • The S1+ does not include a thermometer or navigation compass.
  • The S1+ cannot be switched to analog.
  • The menus have been redesigned to have fewer icons and be more intuitive. (You can upgrade your S1 to simplify the menus, but it still won't be an S1+.)
  • The S1+ includes a new "deep burial" mode. (You can upgrade your S1 to have this feature.)
  • Ortovox began installing a RECCO reflector in the S1+ in October 2013. (Read the details.)

The S1+ began shipping in Late-2011.

For more information, read the review of the Ortovox S1.

Model:  S1+
Manufacture:  Ortovox
Retail Price:  $489.00
Score: 
Type:  Digital
Antennas:  3
Marking:  Yes (multiple)
Updateable:  Yes
Owner's Manual:  Download

Pros: Radically different grid-like search display. Lots of features.
Cons: Radically different grid-like search display. Lots of features. More expensive.